When I decided to expand my horizons and become a freelance HR Consultant 14 years ago I had no idea of the variety and enjoyment it would offer me. I have worked with a wide range of clients in PRIVATE, PUBLIC, CHARITY and NON-PROFIT organisations and in all sorts of locations and working environments.
Every organisation and business operates within different constraints, and with very differing goals. However, there are common themes in terms of keeping within employment law, and using robust HR practice to ensure efficiency, keeping workforces happy and engaged whatever their size, and making sure that HR activity has a tangible and positive impact on the bottom line and organisational achievements.
Testimonials from a few of my clients are included below.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare
“Helen has worked for us on a range of HR projects most notably around organizational restructures. She delivers results effectively and brings a wealth of expertise and a refreshing outlook to public sector change management. Helen is always our first choice when supporting the in-house HR team as she quickly establishes rapport with managers whilst not being afraid to challenge them. Helen excels with any complex issues as she can quickly and clearly grasp the critical success factors and identify the way forward. We always get great results and have a high degree of confidence in Helen. I would recommend her without hesitation.”
Alison Smith, Assistant Director of HR & OD at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (formerly NHS Richmond and Richmond & Twickenham PCT)
Warburg Associates Limited
“Helen is a highly competent consultant with great wealth of experience. She grasps concepts quickly, thinks strategically but is just as comfortable in resolving issues in a pragmatic, considered way. She builds excellent relationships with those around her and this makes her a real asset to have working in or leading a project team.”
Penni Warburg, Director at Warburg Associates Limited
Embarcadero Technologies Europe Limited
“Helen is the consummate professional. She has ensured that in all HR challenges that she has taken on for us, that she has been well prepared, from being well versed in the pertinent legal status, right through to a complete understanding of all of the human content.
Helen has guided and assisted many managers within our business to a successful conclusion of projects, covering all aspects of Human Resources management, from recruitment to disciplinary to terminations to training and employee incentives to awarding high performers. In all aspects she treats all of the people concerned with respect and a firm but fair hand that earns her respect at all levels within the organization.
Helen has tackled many international projects where without her being the major contributor the project would have failed. These have encompassed territories from China to Australia to Russia to Spain, to give just a few examples. She is not afraid of rolling up her sleeves and getting on with the task in hand, always giving it a focus and dedication that brings a successful conclusion, no matter where the employees are based.
Always willing to contribute fully, Helen thinks outside of tram lines, giving a fresh perspective and alternate solutions to issues such that they frequently disappear as issues and become opportunities.
An asset to any business!”
Julie Stephens, International Finance Director at Embarcadero Technologies Europe Limited
Workforce Window Limited
“Helen is strong HR project manager, with the ability to meet deadlines to a high standard. She is an excellent communicator and is at ease negotiating and dealing with a range of HR topics.
I have called on Helen for a range of projects including, training, investigation meetings, chairing appeal meetings and covering for me when I am on leave, dealing with a range of client issues. When I have returned from leave clients have commented on the high class service and advice they have received from Helen in my absence.
I find it a pleasure to work with Helen and would have no hesitation in recommending her to any client/sector.”